Richley Reserve Circuit
Awabakal & Worimi Country

15 min to 30 min

750 m
circuit

↑ 20 m
↓ -20 m

Smooth & flat
This easy walk, which is wheelchair accessible, travels through open grasslands that are surrounded by healthy eucalyptus forest. The grasslands have two large ponds, with two black swans on the lower pond. Do beware of the swans defending their territory. Richley Reserve is well maintained and makes this walk particularly attractive. Let us begin by acknowledging the Awabakal & Worimi people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Sign at Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Richley Reserve Car Park Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sheltered picnic tables in Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Large pond with black swan in Richley Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Trail and open grasslands in Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Toilet at Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sign in Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Timber bridge over creek in Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Black swan in large pond in Richley Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Timber bridge by large pond in Richley Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Timber bridge by pond with black swan in Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Grasslands with a large pond in the distance at Richley Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Timber bridge by large pond in Richley Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Large pond with outlet at Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Wide sealed trail with grasslands at Richley Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Timber bridge over Coal Mine Creek at Richley Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Wide sealed trails at Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Wide trail with timber steps on the right at Richley Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Wide trail at Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Trail behind the office building at Richley Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Gently downhill trail at Richley Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sealed trail in Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Wide trail at Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Trail through open trees at Richley Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Trail amongst trees and grassland at Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Trail with garage bin in the distance in Richley Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Intersection near the Richley Reserve Car Park in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sealed trail with the Richley Reserve Car Park in the distance. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Trail near the Richley Reserve Car Park in Blackbutt Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Blackbutt Reserve sign in Richley Reserve. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-32.9324111,151.6999792)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Newcastle Inner City Bypass, A37
  • Turn on to Charlestown Road, A37 then drive for 380 m
  • Turn right onto Carnley Avenue and drive for another 2 km
  • Turn left onto Orchardtown Road and drive for another 125 m
  • Turn left onto Blamey Avenue and drive for another 280 m
  • Turn left onto Freyberg Street and drive for another 85 m
  • Keep left and drive for another 150 m
  • Turn slight left and drive for another 190 m
  • Turn slight right and drive for another 95 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Richley Reserve car park (next to the 'Tall Tree Ridge Walk' sign), this walk follows the footpath, while keeping the sign and pond on your right. This walk continues with the pond on your right for about 180m, until the footpath becomes gently uphill and comes to a four-way intersection, with a timber footbridge on the right and a children's playground on the left.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 235 m pass the playground (20 m on your left).
Turn left.
After another 265 m continue straight.
After another 90 m continue straight.
After another 50 m turn left.
After another 60 m continue straight.
After another 80 m pass the car park (15 m on your left).
After another 3 m continue straight.
After another 15 m come to the end.
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Richley Reserve Circuit


Grading
Class 1/6
Smooth & flat
Length 750 m
Time 15 min to 30 min
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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